Weight Loss Tips For 2017
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Weight Loss Tips For 2017

Get ready for the slim-down!

It can't get much worse than 2016, so there's no where to go but up! Most New Year's Resolutions circle around fitness.

The New Year comes right after the holiday season where we chow down on pie and get a little too comfortable in our winter bods. Whether you want to lose 20 pounds, five pounds, or just turn some fat into muscle, I have some tips for you!

Make sure you aren't taking adderall, skipping meals, and simply hoping for the best. This will not keep the pounds off permanently! In fact, it may even pack them on later.

Skipping meals slows down your metabolism and won't give you the long term results you want. In 2017, start exercising, eating healthy, and putting in the work.

Here are some ways you can help aid the process:

At least eight glasses of eight ounces every day.

2. Cut back on alcohol.
Choose red over white and lose the sugary mixers.

3. Do a cleanse.
Tea-Toxes are my favorite!

4. Speaking of tea...
Drink more green tea on the daily!

5. Turmuric.
It supports natural weight loss, aids muscles and joints, and reduces inflammation.

6. Take a shot of apple cider vinegar in the morning!
It's gross, but it works.

7. Flaxseed Oil.
It supports natural weight loss and fights cellulite.

8. Eat flat tummy foods.
Almonds, asparagus, blueberries, oatmeal, salmon, spinach are all great for that.

9. Never Skip Breakfast!
Ever ever ever!

10. Eat Throughout The Day
Six little meals are better than three big meals.

11. L-Carnitine.
It regulates how the body metabolizes fats and carbs.

12. Hit the gym.
Go at least three times a week & never go three days without it.

13. Mix up your workout.
Try boxing, cycling, pole dancing, etc.

14. Add lemon to your water/tea.
It makes it taste better without any extra calories.

15. Avoid processed foods.
This should be obvious.

16. Whole grains are your friend.
Avoid white bread, white rice, and potatoes.

17. Crank up the cardio.
The more sweat, the more pounds you lose.

18. Enjoy your food.
Eat slowly!

19. Get enough sleep & reduce stress.
You'll be happier all-around, also!

You have to start now, keep your goals in mind, and remember that it won't happen overnight. It will be a happy new year indeed!

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Dutch Man May Inspire You To Eat Better (Video)

But you have to give up sugar and alcohol...

Eating healthy in college is hard. Beer's freaking great; unprocessed food is expensive; dorm kitchens are nasty. The struggle is real, but, unfortunately, poor diets are a massive problem for students

According to the CDC, obesity-related diseases like type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure are on the rise among college-aged Americans. The organization claims colleges need to act "sooner not later" to put extensive campus-wide wellness initiatives in place. If not, matters will almost certainly worsen. Campuses should probably get on that. Well, here's the catch: the CDC recommended action in 2007, but serious reform has yet to gain widespread traction. So, if you haven't already, you might want to take matters into your own hands.

While nobody expects you to cut all booze from your diet or drink your coffee black, this video might inspire you to eat a bit better. Sacha Harland, a 22-year-old Dutch man, went a month without processed foods or added sugars. Check out his results above.

Even on a less extreme version of Sacha's diet, you'll probably see a smattering of positive effects: decreased blood pressure and glucose levels, increased energy, sharper focus, deeper sleep, and better hydration. Who knows, if you hit the gym a little, too, then you could end up looking as cut as this other group of northern Europeans:

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I Got Fat Sophomore Year

How I lost a little weight and regained a lot of control.

My sophomore year of college, I got fat.

I had always been a thin girl, and doing sports in high school meant I could eat whatever I wanted. When I made it through my freshman year without gaining that dreaded 15 pounds, I figured I was in the clear. That was the riskiest time for weight gain, right? I could maintain my high school weight no problem for the rest of my life.

Then, in the spring of my sophomore year, I went to put on my favorite pair of jeans from high school, and they wouldn't even go up past my mid-thigh. What the hell happened to me?

It's no surprise I didn't notice the weight gain, since I spent the whole winter in leggings (hello, strechy!), hoodies, and sweaters. It was damn cold! But when the weather got warmer and I put on those jeans, it was a wakeup call. It wasn't a huge amount of weight that I gained, but on my small frame, an extra 20 pounds felt like a lot.

Luckily, my identity was never based off the fact that I was thin. Honestly, my huge boobs for my frame were what people really noticed. But for some reason, that weight gain really got to me. I didn't feel like myself. I felt tired and slow. I had to figure out what happened, and the more I thought about it, I realized what had changed in my routine from the fall to the spring.

Number one: After my long distance boyfriend and I broke up, I got more involved in my sorority and was drinking a lot more. I was honest with myself that it probably wasn't going to change. Heh.

Number two: I was walking way less. I went from having classes all over campus five days a week to having my classes clustered in one section of campus just two days a week. On the days I didn't have class, I vegged out and did homework in my bed. I wasn't moving. That had to change.

Number three: I was really busy with the organizations I got involved with. This meant being on campus from 10 am to 10 pm. This meant eating at Panda Express in the student union way more than I went to the dining hall with my sorority sisters. I was eating unhealthy, fatty crap that was making me even more tired.

Once I figured out the three things that had changed, I got myself back on track, little by little. I kept drinking, but I tried to dance more at those parties. When I didn't have class, I hiked across the huge hilly campus to the library to do homework. When I knew I'd be busy all day, I'd grab a to-go salad or healthy meal from the dining commons so I could avoid Panda Express.

These weren't huge changes, in fact they were really easy to do, but they made such a big difference in how I felt. I was eating better, so I had more energy. I left my dorm more, so I saw more of my friends and built up better relationships. Before I knew it, I had lost a lot of the weight I gained, and I finally felt like myself again.

Looking back at that with more life experience, I realize that it wasn't really about the weight, it was about the routine. Yes, eating chow mein and staying in my bed three days a week caused some of the weight gain, but it was changing my routine that got me back on track. I only ended up losing about 15 of the pounds I had gained, but I didn't even realize it. Once my routine was back to normal, so was I.

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Why Kim K's Tweet About Weight Loss Is Problematic

Eating disorders are not a joke.

I can't lie, I am a big fan of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and following all the drama and escapades of that outrageous family. I don't think they're always the greatest of role models, but they are entertaining and for that reason have garnered a huge following.

That said, I am incredibly disappointed in Kim's latest distasteful tweet about weight loss tips.

The tweet has since been deleted, but it said that the flu was an amazing diet, and helped her drop six pounds before the MET gala. She followed up with this:

She immediately received a ton of backlash on twitter and with reason, which we assume is why she later deleted the tweet.

For one, it's absolutely horrible to glorify getting an illness as a way to lose weight, particularly from someone who is followed by millions of young girls and women. It is very likely that girls will see this as inspiration to catch the illness themselves, following in West's footsteps and down a destructive path to eating disorders.

That may seem like an outlandish statement, but when you consider the facts it's sadly realistic. The United States has an alarming rate of eating disorders, with 20 million women and 20 million men having a clinically significant eating disorder at some point in their lifetime.

These are only the reported cases, which are estimated to be much lower than the actual total. Women in particular are affected, with girls as young as age six admitting concerns about their weight or becoming fat, and up to 60 percent of all elementary school girls admitting the same.

Even if Kim wasn't directly telling her followers to "go out and get the flu", the way she casually discusses weight loss only contributes to the obsession our society and the media has with body image.

The fact that she adds "lol" to the end of the tweet shows her attempt at poking fun at the situation, but eating disorders are not a joke. An off-handed comment can be triggering to the many individuals who go to extremes and harm themselves in order to lose weight.

Despite the frequency of cases, eating disorders are in fact considered a mental illness. I can say from personal experience that having an eating disorder isn't something you can just talk yourself out of.

While it's taken me years to get to a point where I actively try to live a healthier lifestyle and am less critical of my appearance, there are still days when I hate how I look and am unkind to my body. It's impossible to know what will set off these feelings, but the media and thoughtless tweets like Kim's sure don't help.

Part of the issue is how much we've normalized these conversations focused on weight and appearance, making it seem almost customary to have an eating disorder or try out different weight loss fads.

However, as stated by Lauren Smola, director of helplines services for the National Eating Disorder Association, "Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, so unintentionally causing more suffering can have deadly results."

At the end of the day, we all have a responsibility to change the conversation surrounding weight and appearance. It should start with celebrities like Kim who have the power and following to spread these messages.

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Healthy Habits: Summer Edition

Sweating causes weight loss... right?

Is it just me, or do other people lose their somewhat healthy lifestyle when summer hits? There's something about losing the structure of class schedules and eating the same types of foods that causes my habits to change once I'm finished with the semester.

And aside from physically walking outside to tan, I usually refrain from exercise (90 degrees with humidity isn't much fun to breathe in). But of course, we need to maintain our fitness and health for the summer, especially since it's swimsuit season!

If it's too hot to run outside, consider your options.
Like walking instead of running. Or going to the gym to run on a treadmill. Another option is running at night (if you're not afraid of the dark), because the temperature is sometimes relatively lower.

Yardwork = Gains.
Not literally, but doing repetitive pulling and moving around can have just the same effect as lifting at the gym.

Take advantage of the fruits in season.
I'm always so excited for summertime because the fruits are always deliciously ripe, and it makes me want to eat them more often. Stay away from the doughnuts and eat some watermelon instead.

The elderly aren't just doing water aerobics to feel weightless. Swimming is great cardio and you use your muscles more than you realize when you're in the water.

Take your little pooch with you.
I always feel like it's not me that's working out when I take my dog on a walk, so I tend to enjoy it more. And it's so adorable to watch them stop and sniff the dandelions (*girly screech*).

Sweat it out.
Hey, use that summer sun to your advantage in order to sweat off some water weight (and gain some vitamin D). It isn't the most effective weight loss strategy because it's temporary, but it could help!

Stay thirsty.
Drink water like it's going out of style. You don't even realize how much fluid you're losing during the summer. It's helpful in cooling your body down, and it makes you feel full so that you don't overeat and feel worse.

Sidenote: don't let your indoor job prevent you from getting exercise! Do what you can after work or on the weekends to keep your bod healthy and in shape. You'll be glad you did.

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I Lost 15 Pounds. Here's How it Happened.

Snacks are whack.

About this time last year I was borderline overweight according to the BMI scale, and I was able to tell. I had a gut. I had a chubby face. My arms were a bit flabby, and my self-esteem wasn't too high. I looked at a picture that my mom had taken of me on a family vacation that summer and thought, I'm not okay with this. Ever since that day I've researched ways to lose weight in a healthy fashion, and proper exercises to lose fat. Since that year's journey I've lost 15 pounds. Here's what happened on that road.

A lot of my problems started with the fact that I was snacking a crap-ton because I was bored. It didn't help that the things I snacked on included Little Debbie's snacks and potato chips. Not good. I decided to at least change up what I was eating, and I started turning to crackers, pretzels, and water instead. I know, most people think carbs are gross, but carbs are a necessity for your body to function. (This is wonderful for me because I freakin' love bread). Now I eat veggies, apples, and, still, crackers. Go me.

Once I jumped over the sugary hurdle, I had to decide what exercises to do. The most exercise I would ever do would be one little walk, maybe two to three times a week. I decided to try and walk every day, and walk faster. Then I moved on to the stationary bike. About half a year later, I got a YMCA membership and took exercise classes five times a week for more variety. Seriously, variety is a wonderful thing when you are working out.

The winter was a problem. I was starting to turn back to old eating habits when I was bored, and didn't exercise too much because I was inside. I gained about five pounds back that I had lost because of that. I was so lethargic and didn't feel like doing a whole lot. My way of battling it was to restrict even more of what I was eating.

Problem with that: you should never eat less than 1,200 calories a day if you are a girl, or 1,800 if you are a guy, because it'll put your body into starvation mode, majorly slowing your metabolism. This is not good. You will gain more weight if your metabolism slows down.

Throughout the entire trial of losing weight, I had to battle the constant need to eat, even if I wasn't hungry. To make sure I didn't give in, I would wait until my stomach started growling, or if I couldn't wait that long, I'd get out of the house and go for a walk far away from the sugary temptations. I started to plan what snacks I would allow myself to eat, allowing only green beans, apples, turkey, and tea. I have not regretted making that list.

If I had to chock this all up to a few key nuggets of wisdom, I would probably say: only eat if you are genuinely hungry, diet is way more important than you think, exercise is fun once you find the right routines for yourself, and beware of winter. But since I have lost this weight my self-esteem has sky-rocketed upward, I've become a much healthier eater, and I feel sexier. The path is a bit grueling, but I can certainly tell you it's very worth it.